Highlighting positive contribution to community safety during two day tour


Shadow Minister for Police, Corrections and Justice John Gardner will travel extensively across the Riverland and Mallee during a two day tour of the region on March 10 and 11.

Hosted by Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, Mr Gardner will meet with a number of community members, including local Neighbourhood Watch representatives and he will also speak with stakeholders around important issues within his Shadow portfolios, such as domestic violence.

"I'm looking forward to meeting with Riverland and Mallee locals to discuss their concerns about public safety and hear their ideas about how services can be improved," Mr Gardner said.

"In the Corrections area, Cadell Training Centre is a critical facility in our state's prison infrastructure and I am eager to get a clear picture about whether there has been an impact on its operations due to the prisoner overcrowding that is rife across the rest of the system.

"To gain a proper understanding of issues it's always best to take the time to visit and listen to those working at the coal-face. That's vital as we are both working on holding the Government to account now, and as we're developing policies that will deliver better outcomes for the people of South Australia into the future."

Mr Whetstone said many issues around police, corrections and justice in regional areas are vastly different to those in metropolitan areas and he is pleased Mr Gardner is taking the time to travel to the region and speak with people first hand.

"The local community is pivotal in assisting police to keep an eye on neighbourhoods and assisting to reduce crime, so I look forward to John being able to discuss the positive role local communities play with people in the Riverland and Mallee," Mr Whetstone said.

"I believe it is important for all Shadow Ministers to visit electorates across South Australia and hosting John in the Riverland and Mallee is a chance for him to further understand the central issues in the region first hand."